Yranie Saint-Surin was born on June 15 1969 in Haiti to her loving parents, Choicely Charles and Gabriel Saint Surin. She attended Saint Denis High School.
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On December 23, 1989, Yranie married Jean Raymond Ulysse and their union was blessed with six children, Stephanie Ulysse, Sabina Ulysse, Steveson Ulysse, Danysson Ulysse, Daina Ulysse, and Schadrac Ulysse. She is survived by her husband, six children, and one grandchild, David Olani.
We are gathered here today in the memory of my mother, Yranie Saint Surin, so that together we may acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing has brought. In sharing the joy and the pain together today, may we lessen the pain and remember more clearly the joy. The death of a loved one is an intense and often life changing event. My mother had terminal cancer. It wasn’t an immediate death sentence and. In fact, she’d been living with it for years. While I believed it would shorten her life, I fully expected her to keep on keeping on for at least another decade. That might have made losing her so suddenly and so young all the worse. I thought I had been preparing for this, more than most people will ever be able to prepare. However in those preparations, I became vulnerable to the randomness in life that kills your mother on a Saturday May 15, one month before her 52nd birthday. She was a wonderful woman loving, caring, funny, respectful, and faithful. Yranie has always been a simple person, very nice and compassionate. She loved her husband so much; they couldn’t live without each other. She also loved her kids and her kids loved her so much. I was my mom’s favorite. Yranie loved to help people and she loved people and they loved her. She would do everything to feed her children. Yranie liked to share, it didn’t matter how much she had. One funny thing my mom did when I was little, one day there was a lady that used to live next to us, but she had mental problems. The lady was walking in the street dirty and my mom took her in and gave her a shower, washed her hair, brushed her teeth, and dressed her up with her own clothes. The lady was like “ou we pitit moun yo ap pase nan lari a ou pranl ou benye’l ou foubi dan bon se si dan’l te rache.” Yranie saved a lot of people’s lives back in Haiti. She would pray for other people’s special kids and pray for couples who were separated. She was a very religious woman; she never denied her Father God, even of her last breath. Her faith was strong, very, strong. OMG, I never saw someone that had so much faith in my entire life.
I remember when I brought her to New Jersey to live with me. She called all her children and talked to us and said, “If God take me away today, always remember where we came from. Follow His will, do what He says, and stay in Church. Listen to your father, stay in school, be good to each other, love each other, and respect each other.” After that conversation, she prayed for us.
All I have to say is we will make you proud mom, we love you so much mom. That's how God wants it to be, no more pain. You will be missed forever and always. The beautiful moments you shared with us will always speak of the great person that you were. Rest in peace up in the heaven!
Well done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a little;
I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy of your master. – Matthew 25:21